The New York Times reported something Saturday that conservatives knew was coming since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was enacted — you can’t create a mammoth bureaucracy, plant it smack dab between patient and physician and expect it to decrease health care costs.
Someone has to pay for all those bureaucrats and cover the administrative costs that result.
Insurance companies can’t do it — they’d be out of business in no time. Same for health care providers. The government? Nope! The system would eventually collapse and take the economy down with it.
That leaves the taxpayer-patient — you and me.
For that reason alone, even the phrase “Affordable Care Act” is a joke perpetrated on the American public.
“Health insurance companies across the country are seeking and winning double-digit increases in premiums for some customers, even though one of the biggest objectives of the Obama administration’s health care law was to stem the rapid rise in insurance costs for consumers,” The New York Times article said. “Particularly vulnerable to the high rates are small businesses and people who do not have employer-provided insurance and must buy it on their own.”
If there’s one thing we’ve all learned over the last four years, it’s that math is hard for the president. When he made the talk show circuit during his 2012 run, he had no idea what the national debt was when he talked to David Letterman, and he told Jay Leno, “I’m pretty lost” when it comes to “math stuff.”
I guess the president’s mathematically-challenged psyche never saw this revelation, revealed in The Times article, coming:
In California, Aetna is proposing rate increases of as much as 22 percent, Anthem Blue Cross 26 percent and Blue Shield of California 20 percent for some of those policy holders, according to the insurers’ filings with the state for 2013. These rate requests are all the more striking after a 39 percent rise sought by Anthem Blue Cross in 2010 helped give impetus to the law, known as the Affordable Care Act, which was passed the same year and will not be fully in effect until 2014.
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said of the Affordable Care Act, “But we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”
The bill’s been passed and the fog’s been lifted — but the controversy goes on.
Read more at The New York Times.